One-of-a-Kind Adventures

Riverlands & Southern End

Walk, bike, or hike your way through the beautiful banks of the Susquehanna River.

Explore the Region

couple biking on farm road

The hills, river, and countryside are calling you for a weekend of active fun to connect with nature.

Things to do by the River in Lancaster, PA

Explore the great towns and activities along the Susquehanna River.

Two young kids roast marshmallows over a fire in front of a tent as a mother watches at a campsite in Lancaster, PA.

Camping options for beginners, tents, and RVs.

Wind your way along the beautiful banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Columbia and Marietta for antiques, dining, and fun attractions like the Turkey Hill Experience. Want even more of the great outdoors? The Riverlands are home to a host of scenic biking tours and hiking trails through beautiful rolling hills. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce.


Along the Susquehanna River, Columbia offers tasty fun at Turkey Hill Experience, a look into the world of time at the National Watch & Clock Museum, and access to hiking, biking, and kayaking that will help you escape from the hustle and bustle. Stop by to experience this unique, growing town along the river. For a quick overview of the activities available, and trail information, stop in Columbia Crossings, located right on the river.

The Underground Railroad

One of the best ways to learn about African American heritage in Pennsylvania Dutch Country is to immerse yourself in the stories and places where ordinary people with extraordinary determination changed our nation's history. Learn about the enslaved African Americans who fought in the American Revolution and Civil War, the freedom-seekers of the Underground Railroad and the abolitionists who risked everything... all committed to the courageous Quest for Freedom.

Pinacle Point Overlook, Holtwood, along the Susquehanna River Photo Credit: / Simone Associates, Inc.

Outdoor Adventures Await

Whether you prefer to travel by bike, foot, kayak, or canoe, epic outdoor adventures are waiting to be discovered in Lancaster. The Susquehanna River offers water activities, while paved trails run on the banks. Rocks along the river offer beautiful vistas that are worth the hike. Tune up your bike, grab your sneakers, or hop in a kayak for a fresh air adventure.

Kid-Friendly Indoor Fun

For tasty family fun, head to Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia. You'll get the scoop on how ice cream and iced tea is made, learn more about farming in Lancaster, and even get the chance to create your own ice cream flavor in the Taste Lab. And don't miss out on the unlimited sampling of ice cream and iced tea! A delicious day awaits at Turkey Hill Experience.

Grab a Bike and Hit the Trail

Whether by bike or by foot, the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail, located along the Susquehanna River, is a peaceful trail worth exploring during your next outdoor adventure in Lancaster. This trail connects the river towns of Columbia, Marietta, and Bainbridge, where you can stop for a bite to eat and to explore the town's unique history.

Susquehanna River Heritage

Visit the two centers they manage along the Susquehanna River. Columbia Crossing located along the NW River Trail in Lancaster County and the Zimmerman Center for Heritage on the York County side of the river. You'll find great children’s activities scheduled throughout the year, interesting heritage tours about local Native American tribes, and an amazing river art collection